Freedom Tour


I am going on tour! I hereby will attempt to achieve the challenge of not packing a single bra for this upcoming adventure. We’ll call it the Freedom Tour.

by Nathan Appel for Fedora's Box

You are invited because
a) you are awesome
b) you may want to meet up to talk about art, make some art, collaborate, or share a meal.
… c) you may have a friend that would like to meet up with me to talk about art, create something, collaborate, or share a meal.
d) you might want me to read you a bedtime story and sleep on your couch, (especially the couch part.)

I plan to tour several cities from Seattle, down the coast, and then east, with the longest stay in Austin. I want to see what that place is all about.

A new year, a new day, a new light, a new way…

I want to see, meet, be photographed by, take pictures of, and interview as many artists as possible (video, audio, still, prose) while on this adventurous journey. A lot of the stories I gather on this trip and reviews/articles that I write as a result will end up being published on or in some other capacity, whether online or in print, locally or internationally. Paying gigs are more than welcome, but I am mostly wanting to start a new year with a creative and enlightening experience.

I will be bringing some weird wardrobe, more tattoos, awesome hair (thanks Nina), a portable studio of professional camera gear, calendars, prints, and a huge bundle of inspiration.

Let’s get together!

I am open to travel guests for all or any legs of the trip! Models who can wield a camera or photographers who want to model who want to be travel buddies would rock!

Even if you have a couch to offer or would like to camp in the desert with me, just say so.

Dates and Locations: subject to change a little. I am still in the early booking stages. Help me fluff this baby out. By all means, if you know someone who you think I should meet or is not on this list, add em.

January 2012:

2 Eugene/Meford, OR
3 SF/ Grass Valley
4 SLO, CA: Tom Allen, Seth Howard
5 SLO, CA: Brittany App
6 LA: Coop. Solomon. Audra. Urbago. Meet up at the Black Boar in Eagle Rock
7 Las Vegas. CJW and Photo Bang Bang
8 Albequerque or somewhere on the way to Austin
9 Austin
10 Austin. Snap Art evening.
11 Austin
12 Houston: Tobias. Bilito.
13 head west
15 Phoenix/Mesa. Em Uh Lee & Elfy
16 head north
17 Winnemucca/Fresno
19 Seattle

I cannot wait to see you, hear from you, and make videos so you can come along vicariously!

The Route

Hand-Painted Banners featuring Henry Goldfield

When I spied Henry Goldfield and Dean Dennis sharing a booth together at the 2010 Tiger Rose Tattoo & Music Festival in Santa Maria, California, I was a little surprised. My wonder was easily glazed over by this array of gorgeous 9′ by 5′ hand-painted banners of Henry, his staff of tattooers, San Francisco, and his shop. They were hanging all over the convention room. I commented on the quality of these artworks and Henry told me he was teaching a seminar about how to create these banners a few hours later.

I felt incredibly honored to sit in on this talk, as did a few sign-painters from Reno. Henry immediately got down to it. He said, in essence, that if you are a tattooer and you are not creating all of your own signage, from your hands, then you are being lazy and misrepresenting yourself.

Step one: Pick up a fucking pencil. If you don’t try to draw something, then you’ll never know how much improvement you need to make, because the first few will probably suck. The entire talk was just as pragmatic, from stenciling with a pencil, to going to vinyl-makers directly. They will put in all the eyelets you want, and sew to the requisite size of 9′ by 5′, as that is the best size for hanging a banner on the back wall of a booth at any tattoo convention. Henry is full of awesome stories and has a long line of history of trying new things and perfecting innovations. If you ever get the chance to sit down with Henry for a while, you will likely learn something and leave inspired.

Crash made a point recently on the TAM blog in regards to apathy amongst tattooers. Creating his own environment from his imagination and from his own hands (and the hands of his staff) seems to have aided a steady foundation for Henry, and Goldfield’s Tattoo, to maintain for decades with a message of “Come on in to a clean, comfortable studio for a unique, custom tattoo.” Let the artwork you create represent the business you operate and the tattoos you apply.


Deer Calendar Users, Flip This Page.

Alabama Deer, Seattle, Washington. Photo by Fedora el Morro

Alabama Deer, Seattle, Washington. Photo by Fedora el Morro

 ^^^ This woman, Alabama Deer, is in this calendar:

2012 Calendar: The Strongest Women I Know, by Fedora el Morro

The Bar is Open

So, today is the first day of the life of Thank you for busting out your eyes and putting them on these pages I made for you. I figured now would be a good time to share a story.

"Have a seat." Image by Michael Herr.

Once upon a time, I was a 15 year old woman. (I say “woman” because I was living on my own, working as a nanny in exchange for room & board.) I was a student at Morro Bay High School on the gorgeous central coast of California. There were art classes here and an open campus on the beach. It was a freeing experience from my previous situation in Idaho. In this place, I started to come into my own. I was incredibly influenced by a lot of the friends I made, a group of musicians in this area.  I remember one of the guys my buddies looked up to was a ginger named Andrew Howard-Greene, who now goes by the name, Nero Caesar. I always thought he was kind of aloof and avoided him whenever possible.

The cyborg eye-holes of the word-thief.

About a year ago or so, a close friend of mine, Dylan Harris, in San Luis Obispo started making music and reaching out to a few other talented folks. Nero was one of those people. He and I started to chat and he explained the whole sordid story about why he was…well…kind of a dick back in the day. He seemed to be really reaching out, smiling, connecting, and best of all, creating really good hip hop.

To make a long story short, Nero’s group, Madd Caesar out of San Francisco dropped an album, “The Bar is Open”, featuring a duo I have grown to love, D&A (Dylan Harris and Ashis Clay) from SLO, CA. It is free to download, so I snagged that shit. After giving it a listen (and maybe a dozen or so more ear adventures), I can say to you, please get this. It’s good. I am not a hip hop connoisseur or anything, but this album has rhythm and soul. It makes me shake my ass.

I met up with D&A in June for a photo session. I wanted an excuse to see what they were up to and they were more than willing to get weird for my camera. The excitement in their eyes was obvious. They believe in themselves and have faith in humanity. The intelligent lyrics coming from D&A and their collaborators are something that really appeals to me. Share ideas; let them transform.

Here are some photos from that session. Enjoy!

D&A, PBR decks are for drinking.


Listen to the man. D&A